Two Iowa Rivers Record Record Nitrate Levels

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Last year’s drought combined with the wettest April in Iowa in more than 140 years is causing a significant washing out of fertilizer from farmland and it’s ending up in the rivers used by many cities for drinking water.  

The Des Moines Register reports the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers have reached record nitrate levels forcing the city Water Works to switch on its $4 million nitrate removal equipment for the first time since 2007. The Environmental Protection Agency allows up to 10 milligrams per liter in drinking water. Untreated, the Raccoon River is running at 24 and the Des Moines River at 18. The problem is worse because drought-stunted crops absorbed less nitrogen fertilizer last fall leaving it in soil. Continue Reading

Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

A task force of elected officials in Newtown on Friday recommended tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School, the school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December, and rebuilding on the same site. The group of 28 town elected officials voted unanimously in favor of a plan that would construct a new building in the same location. The proposal now goes to the local school board, which has final authority. The panel had narrowed a list of choices to renovating or rebuilding on the school site or building a new school on property down the street. Each would cost between about $48 million and $60 million. Continue Reading

Cops: Mom checked medical website after son shot

A Southeast Texas woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly delaying hospital treatment of her teenage son’s gunshot wound until she researched treatment options online. The incident happened Tuesday evening at the family’s home in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Police say a friend of the 14-year-old son was playing with a handgun and pointed it at him when it went off, wounding the boy in the thigh. Police say the boy and his mother, Deborah Tagle, delayed seeking hospital treatment for hours until she researched gunshot wounds on the WebMD website. He’s now stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Continue Reading

2 Kansas prison escapees in custody in Missouri

Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri. The Platte County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Office says the men emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations. Capt. Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident. The pair had holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday. The whereabouts of the third escaped inmate, 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., remain unknown. Continue Reading

Convicted felon charged in deaths of Kansas woman, her toddler, 2 men

A 27-year-old convicted felon was charged Friday in the deaths of a woman and two men whose bodies were found at an eastern Kansas farm home earlier this week, according to a criminal complaint. Kyle Flack also faces charges in the death of the woman’s young daughter, whose body hasn’t been found. Authorities say they presume 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey is dead based on evidence they have and that the search for her remains continues. Flack was charged with capital murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, Lana Bailey and 30-year-old Andrew Stout, according to the complaint. He was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of those three as well as 31-year-old Steven White. Continue Reading

Man destroys 2 Wash. homes with logging machine

Neighbors say a man went on a rampage with a bulldozer-like piece of logging machinery on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, destroying two homes and knocking out power to thousands of people. The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://is.gd/nrVv90 ) that the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office says it does not appear that anyone was injured during the incident in Port Angeles Friday. The suspect was arrested. Keith Haynes lives near one of the damaged homes and told the newspaper that the man took a piece of logging equipment called a skidder and “just went nuts.” Haynes said a woman inside one of the homes escaped unharmed, and the other home was unoccupied. Continue Reading

Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

A task force of elected officials in Newtown on Friday recommended tearing down Sandy Hook Elementary School, the school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December, and rebuilding on the same site. The group of 28 town elected officials voted unanimously in favor of a plan that would construct a new building in the same location. The proposal now goes to the local school board, which has final authority. The panel had narrowed a list of choices to renovating or rebuilding on the school site or building a new school on property down the street. Each would cost between about $48 million and $60 million. Continue Reading

Cops: Mom checked medical website after son shot

A Southeast Texas woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly delaying hospital treatment of her teenage son’s gunshot wound until she researched treatment options online. The incident happened Tuesday evening at the family’s home in Santa Fe, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Police say a friend of the 14-year-old son was playing with a handgun and pointed it at him when it went off, wounding the boy in the thigh. Police say the boy and his mother, Deborah Tagle, delayed seeking hospital treatment for hours until she researched gunshot wounds on the WebMD website. He’s now stable condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Continue Reading

2 Kansas prison escapees in custody in Missouri

Two of three inmates who walked away from a northeast Kansas prison are in custody in northwest Missouri. The Platte County (Mo.) Sheriff’s Office says the men emerged from a rural home late Friday afternoon after hours of negotiations. Capt. Erik Holland says 31-year-old Allen M. Hurst and 49-year-old Scott A. Gilbert walked out from under a back deck and surrendered without incident. The pair had holed up in the house Friday morning, sometime after escaping Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas early Friday. The whereabouts of the third escaped inmate, 57-year-old Randy A. Ridens Sr., remain unknown. Continue Reading